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From Hinton back to Jasper

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On the morning of September 5th, reversing the course we’d so recently taken, we set out westward from Hinton, Alberta, back toward Jasper. The previous evening I’d managed to use the day’s last light to eke out a few photographs of trees reflected in one of the ponds along Highway 16. Now, wondering how the ponds would look by morning light, I figured the sun would probably be on the wrong side of things for good pictures. I was partly right, because I did have to push the ISO up to 3200, but other than that the morning light worked well, waking up colors in the water that had already retired for the night when we’d stopped there 13 hours earlier.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 24, 2017 at 4:45 AM

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  1. It’s always good to see something in a new light. In this case, a particularly beautiful light.


    October 24, 2017 at 5:51 AM

  2. I’d say the timing was right since the branches are sharp and dramatic. Nice coloring, also.


    October 24, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    • All the forms had been clear to me the evening before, even in the late light. It was the color of the water in the morning that came as a welcome surprise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

  3. This looks like it is in perpetual movement. Fabulous shapes and shades going on here.


    October 24, 2017 at 6:45 AM

    • I’d thought of mentioning in the text that this photograph is a good example of “more is more.” I might not have put it as well and as alliteratively as you: “shapes and shades going on” all over the image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 6:49 AM

  4. Love the reflection of those fallen trees 👌


    October 24, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    • It was the reflections that had especially grabbed my attention the previous evening. The morning added unsuspected colors and a chance to do something with the fallen trees and the varying angles at which they still stood.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 6:57 AM

  5. The angles in this one are mesmerizing, and the color in the water makes me want to roll up my jeans and wade in! 🙂


    October 24, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    • Agreed: the angles in this one are a geometer’s joy. I don’t know how enterable this water would have been; given that it’s in a national park, it might well be okay. Tomorrow you’ll see what I found in the water on the following morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 7:41 AM

  6. The sense of movement is so strong. It’s as though you caught the trees mid-fall (in terms of action, if not the season.) The fallen trees remind me of feathers, fanned out across the scene.


    October 24, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    • In the realm of more is more, not only is more more here, but, as you point out, the more suggests movement. It was a happy blend of static and implied dynamic.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 7:54 AM

  7. Absolutely stunning! My eyes just move all around this one in a clockwise motion. There must be some sort of psychological reason for that! Thanks for the eye exercise this morning!


    October 24, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    • You’re welcome; just call me Mr. Vitamin A this morning. Now, why your eyes should go around the picture clockwise instead of the other way, I have no idea. Surely it’s not like hurricanes and typhoons whose directions of rotation depend on the hemisphere the storm is in. Oh well, just as long as you enjoy the image, we’ll let the mystery be.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM

  8. You experiments in different lighting are interesting, Steve. Was that shot handheld?


    October 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    • Heathen that I am, I hand-hold all my photographs. With the 400mm focal length the lens was zoomed to for this picture, I set the shutter speed at 1/400. I had image stabilization turned on, so I might have been able to get away with a slower shutter speed (and hence also a lower ISO), but I didn’t push my luck. I felt the sharpness of the image was more important than a little less graininess.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM

  9. The turquoise is beautiful. I see that HeyJude and Shoreacres have commented on the sense of movement, and that kinetic quality is what strikes me, pretty neat!

    Robert Parker

    October 24, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    • I was really happy with the turquoise, which was so unexpected based on the view the previous evening. As for the kinetic quality you referenced, I’d say I see the image as showing the result of many movements, while, if I understand right, the two commenters you mentioned and also Littlesundog and you seem to infer a sense of movement still in progress. Irrespective of the analysis, I agree with you that the picture came out pretty neat, and I’m quite happy with it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

  10. […] stopping at the town’s Beaver Boardwalk, headed west to Jasper for the second and last time. As on the previous morning, I planned to stop and take pictures of the ponds along the highway in eastern Jasper National […]

  11. Another great catch, Steve! The color of the water in morning light almost looks tropical. The scene does give a sense of movement.

    Lavinia Ross

    October 26, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    • Imagine my happiness at being able to get a second and rather different take on this area of rich reflections. I see how you could imagine this as a tropical scene.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2017 at 11:45 AM

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